Performing at the Echoplex for the Murder Ballads event. October 26, 2010
Collected by Frank James Child, this ballad is based on traditional folk song “Young Hunting,” and is its most famous incarnation. The theme of the original describes a philandering man who tells his woman, possibly the mother of his…
Henry Wolfe performed ”Miss Otis Regrets” at The New Los Angeles Folk Festival’s MURDER BALLADS event for Halloween. Oct 26, 2010, at the Echoplex.
Emily liked Henry so much at our festival this summer, she had him sing in a shipwreck at Machine Project last month. Henry liked Emily so much at the shipwreck, he wanted to sing with her if we were seeking a murder ballads mash-up. Emily Lacy & Henry Wolfe will do a song together. Emily will also perform a song with friend Julia Holter.
What is folk?
Henry Wolfe: I think of music that is created with a sense of continuity of tradition behind it. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it is traditional, so to speak, but it is aware of the tradition it comes from. Even if it’s not so much about having a song that can be passed down through generations like “If I Had A Hammer.” Folk is one of these words that becomes synonymous with acoustic instrumentation. All these signifiers that lead people to categorize music as folk are arbitrary. You can have loud rockish folk music.